If you live in an older home and are due for re-piping soon, you’ll
have to make a decision regarding what kind of pipe you want to install.
Over the last couple decades or so, plastic piping has become immensely
popular for homeowners due to a large number of advantages they can offer.
So when you’re looking to have re-piping services done, consider
these five benefits that plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or chlorinated
polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipes have over their copper or iron counterparts.
Plastic piping is far less expensive to purchase than metal piping. Metal
prices have soared in recent years, which has dramatically driven up the
costs to produce galvanized steel or copper pipes. PVC and CPVC pipes
are produced in a factory using low-cost materials, and because they’re
light weight and easy to transport, the cost is much lower. A re-pipe
project performed with PVC or CPVC pipe is generally far less expensive
than a copper or steel re-pipe.
Metal pipes face an enemy that plastic pipes do not: rust and corrosion.
Over time, metal pipes will wear down from the water traveling through
them, creating thin spots where leaks can occur. These leaks are what
can cause damage to your home, including your drywall, insulation, and
even structure if the leak happens in your walls. Plastic pipes do not
have this risk—they don’t corrode, rust, or develop sediment
buildup that can lead to bursting, and as a result they last far longer
than metal pipes.
Ease of Installation & Repair
Installing plastic pipes is a breeze. In many cases plumbers simply need
a form of CPVC primer or plumbing cement and they can easily glue your
pipes together with a ridiculously strong bond in just a few minutes.
This makes installation take far less time than a metal re-pipe, which
involves having to seal and weld pipes together to prevent leaks. Repairs
are also a big deal in metal pipes, requiring knowledge of soldering or
welding. Repairing a plastic pipe simply involves cutting out the damaged
portion and then replacing it using a few couplers. The cost is low and
takes minimal time and skill.
Metal transfers heat far better than plastic does, and thus metal pipes
are more influenced by external temperatures than their PVC counterparts.
You can reduce this heat loss in metal piping by installing pipe insulation,
but this only adds to the expense, and the insulation only lasts for about
a decade or so before it needs to be replaced. PVC pipes don't need
this insulation, as they’re far less susceptible to heat loss or
unwanted heat intrusion. PVC generally does not transfer heat well at
all, so they’re naturally more resistant to the blistering temperatures
of summer or the pipe-freezing cold of winter. They’re also far
less prone to condensation as a result.
When a plastic pipe system has reached the end of its lifespan, the pipes
themselves are recyclable. Metal pipes are created from non-renewable
earth materials that often cannot be re-purposed after their useful life
is finished. As a result, PVC pipe is the far more environmentally-friendly
solution for your home’s re-piping.
If your home needs to be re-piped, trust the experts in environmentally-friendly
plumbing services from
The Eco Plumbers to get the job done right the first time. Our professional, fully-licensed
Columbus plumbers can help you replace the pipes running throughout your
home in a cost-effective and plant-friendly fashion. We can work with
nearly any piping material, including PVC and CPVC pipes to help your
home remain as efficient as possible. Our services themselves are also
helpful for the environment, as we recycle all materials we use, including
scraps and waste.
Looking to re-pipe your home? Call The Eco Plumbers at (614) 401-4777 to
receive an estimate and get started on this huge job today!